Sture named Distinguished Member of national society

By Staff


Stein Sture, vice chancellor for research and dean of the graduate school at the University of Colorado at Boulder, recently was named a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the group's highest accolade.

Distinguished membership recognizes eminence in a branch of engineering and is currently composed of only 192 of the Society's 144,000 members worldwide. Sture will be formally inducted, in honor of his contributions to geo-technical engineering, this week at the Celebration of Leaders luncheon during ASCE's 140th Annual Civil Engineering Conference in Las Vegas.

ASCE is recognizing Sture for his eminence in the fields of fracture mechanics, constitutive modeling of cementitious composites and geo-mechanics, and nonlinear analysis and computational techniques related to granular materials and soil-structure interaction, as well as for his exemplary career as an educator.

His academic career spans nearly 35 years, beginning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 1980, Sture joined the faculty at CU-Boulder. During his 30 years at the university, Sture also has been a visiting professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology and at the University of Oxford in England, where he was a Jenkin Fellow in Engineering Sciences. Sture holds the Huber and Helen Croft Endowed Professorship in the department of civil, environmental and architectural engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

Sture is an active member of the civil engineering community. He has served ASCE in numerous capacities, including as president of the Colorado section, director of District 16 and chair of the ASCE Region 7 Formation Team. He is currently a governor of the Engineering Mechanics Institute and a member of the ASCE Technical Region Board of Governors.

A prolific writer, Sture has authored or co-authored more than 400 papers and research reports. He also has served as a consultant for nearly 30 public and private organizations including Lockheed Martin, NASA, Shell, the Federal Aviation Administration and the United Nations Development Program.

Sture has bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He also has a degree in engineering mechanics from the Schous Institute of Technology in Oslo.